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Motorola QUENCH

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 Motorola QUENCH Discontinued
15th February 2010

The Motorola QUENCH is a conventional looking Android handset derived from the same platform as the DEXT, but in a straightforward keyboardless design.

One of the main features of the QUENCH and its related handsets is the integration into the MOTOBLUR service, which makes social networking simpler and allows for seamless data synchronisation between devices and locations. MOTOBLUR is really aimed at consumers rather than business users, but ultimately the flexibility of Android is that you can do what you want with it.

The QUENCH has a 3.1" 320 x 480 pixel TFT touchscreen display on the front and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash on the back. This is a 3.5G capable device that comes in two UMTS configurations, one for worldwide markets and the other for T-Mobile in the US where the phone will be called the Motorola CLIQ XT. The QUENCH also comes with WiFi, GPS and of course Bluetooth, microSD expandable memory and USB connectivity. There's a comprehensive multimedia player but no FM radio, however there does seem to be a standard 3.5mm audio socket.

 Motorola QUENCH The software is Android 1.5, as with other devices in this range. Critics might argue that version 1.5 is a bit dated, as some handsets run 1.6, 2.0 or even 2.1.. but the truth is that this version will support all major Android applications and it should be good for some time yet.

The 5 megapixel camera on the back can also capture what Motorola call "HVGA" video at 24 frames per second, so we guess that this is 320 x 240 pixels. Video capture capabilities have been a bit weak in this current batch of Motorola handsets, especially when you consider that some rivals now have HD video.

The large 1420 mAh battery is quoted as providing up to 6.5 hours talktime and 13.5 days standby time, we guess that these are GSM figures rather than 3G. The phone weighs 124 grams and measures 117 x 59 x 12mm.

We said that the Motorola QUENCH has GPS, and Motorola's spec sheet says that it includes "turn by turn" directions and a built-in compass, although it's not clear if turn-by-turn will be available outside the US.

Motorola say that the QUENCH should be available from Q1 2010 onwards, citing that T-Mobile USA will pick it up from March. There's no guidance on price, but we expect that the retail price for the QUENCH should be less than €300 including tax when it hits the market.

Motorola QUENCH at a glance


Q1 2010


GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 +
UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 or
UMTS 900 / 1700 / 2100




3.1" 320 x 480 pixels, 65k colours


5 megapixels


PDA-style device
117 x 59 x 12mm / 124 grams



Memory card:











Android 1.5

Battery life:

6.5 hours talk / 13.5 days standby (GSM)

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